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LA BORDE, Maximilian, educator, born in Edge-field, South Carolina, 5 June, 1804; died in Columbia, South Carolina, 6 November, 1873. He was graduated at the College of South Carolina in 1821, and after studying law for two years entered the Medical college of Charleston, where he received his degree in 1826. He practised medicine in Edgefield, was editor of the "Edgefield Advertiser" in 1836-'8, a member of the state legislature, and in 1839 became secretary of the state, and removed to Columbia. He was elected a trustee of South Carolina college in 1841, in 1842 became professor of logic and English literature in that institution, and in 1845 was transferred to the chair of metaphysics. In 1865 South Carolina college became the University of South Carolina, and in this reorganization Dr. La Borde was put in charge of the school of rhetoric, criticism, elocution, and the English language and literature. His connection with the university lasted till his death. During the civil war the central organization was established under his auspices, for receiving supplies for the state troops, he was for a time one of the regents of the state lunatic asylum, and subsequently president of the board. He is the author of " Introduction to Physiology" (New York, 1855); "History of South Carolina College" (Charleston, South Carolina, 1859); and " Story of Lethea and Verona" (1860); and contributed to various magazines.
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